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Andalusia: The Triumph of Myth over History

Frank Livesey

Course Title: Andalusia: The Triumph of Myth over History

Course Code: 2XAL05B19

Start Date: 25/02/2020

Day of the Week:
  • Tuesday

Session:

Length in weeks: 5

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Price: £

Andalusia is arguably the most mythified region of Europe. Take your pick: an oasis of inter-faith cohabitation (8th to 12th centuries); an extension of the exotic Orient into Europe (Granada); the birthplace of the Spanish Inquisitional cruelty (expulsion of the Jews and the ‘Moors’); colourful Romance (Carmen, gypsies, flamenco, bulls); a paradise for hedonism (Costa del Sol).
What truth, if any, underpins these myths? How and when did they originate? Who promoted them, and why? What purposes do they serve today? How do they influence contemporary reality?

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